About the Ancient Cities


Making cultural heritage digitally accessible

ERASMUS+ Strategic Partnership Ancient Cities

Creating a Digital learning Environment on Cultural Heritage


In the Strategic Partnership “Ancient Cities” six European Universities cooperate in creating an innovative pan-European digital learning module for higher education institutions as well as a MOOC for a broader audience on an important part of the shared European heritage: Cities of the Greeks and Romans. On the one hand, the network brings together young leading experts in the field of ancient urbanism, enabling them to produce both a digital learning module and a MOOC, based on latest research and state-of-the-art information on the topic far beyond handbook knowledge. On the other hand, the local centres of e-learning at the different partner universities of the strategic partnership work together testing and producing digital learning material for different audiences on a sound didactic and technical basis.

The Objectives


1.) The strategic partnership produces a pan-European learning module on ancient cities and implements it into the curricula of the partner universities. This learning module will enhance the students’ knowledge on the subject and methodology of ancient cities on a pan-European level as well as their media literacy, critical thinking and language skills because of the mulit-language nature of the project. As the students are participating in the development of the digital module and the MOOC the project fosters their didactic skills, their knowledge in project management and in the production of multimedia content.


2.) The project establishes the MOOC "Discovering Greek and Roman Cities" for a broader audience. This MOOC will foster the knowledge of and the awareness for ancient cities as shared European heritage in the broader public.


The project develops the quality of e-learning and implements a best practice example of how to use digital techniques and didactic methods to improve teaching at higher education institutions. It illustrates how smaller academic fields in the Humanities can design their respective teaching environments in the digital age in a pan-European collaboration. Thus, the project demonstrates the strength of higher education institutions in Europe, the benefits of collaboration on a trans-national level and the possibilities and benefits of the ERASMUS+ programme in the Humanities.



Target audiences

  • people interested in e.g. archaeology, art, architecture, history

  • stakeholders of e.g. tourism, heritage management, architecture, art

  • students and colleagues from the broader fields of architecture, art history, history, urban studies, heritage preservation and management


Learning Objectives

  • obtaining basic knowledge on facts about ancient cities and of the methodology of urban archaeology

  • obtaining basic knowledge of the chronology and the historical development of ancient cities

  • understanding the diversity of the shared European heritage

  • engaging for the preservation of the cultural heritage



  • 3 languages (English, French, German)

  • 8 modules in 8 weeks consisting of video lectures, interviews with experts, quizzes and assignments

  • Modules deal with "What is an ancient City?", “Life in the City”, "Religion and the City", "Politics and the City", “Death and the City”, “Infrastructure and the City”, "Economy and the City" and “Legacy of the Ancient City”

The Digital Learning Module

The digital learning module applies the didactic method of inverted-classroom, combining phases of self-learning with online seminars let by a tutor/teacher.


In the self-learning phase, the students individually, asynchronous and location-independently acquire knowledge about the history and archaeology of ancient cities by online video lectures and introductory texts. As self-monitoring and motivation, the students attend automatically evaluable tests and exercises after watching the videos and reading the texts.


The phase of attendance will take places as an international online seminar led by a tutor. It will be based on the learning material developed by the members of the project. During the seminar, the students work on specific projects in small groups under the guidance of the tutor. Afterwards they will present and discuss their results online to the audience of the seminar.


Both video lectures and learning material are open educational material. Thus, colleagues of higher education institutions or teachers in schools or adult education are highly welcome to use and adopt it according to their own needs.

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The creation of these resources has been co-funded by the ERASMUS+ grant programme of the European Union under grant no. 2017-1-DE01-KA203-003537 (funding period 2017-2020; total grant 364.923,00 €). Neither the European Commission nor the project's national funding agency DAAD are responsible for the content or liable for any losses or damage resulting of the use of these resources. 

Contact: Prof. Dr. Stefan Feuser, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, feuser@klassarch.uni-kiel.de, 0049/431-880 2053

©2017-2020 by ERASMUS+ Project Strategic Partnership Ancient Cities